Ice sculpting photos

The World Ice Art Championships occur annually in March, in Fairbanks, Alaska. The event is attended by artists from the world over, who chisel and carve away at giant blocks of ice, fashioning remarkable creations that sometimes reach 25 feet high. Two competitions feature a small and large sculpture contest, performed outdoors in the beautiful Fairbanks winter weather. The quality of ice from the local ponds is favored by the artists due to both its thickness and clarity, the latter due to a lack of organisms in the water. Largely a volunteer event, visitors enjoy a park filled with ice creations displayed at night with colorful lights to accentuate their beauty. All of the ice sculpting photos are available for purchase as stock photography, or as fine art prints to display in your home or office.

Ice sculpting photos: Multi Block Ice sculpture by Junichi Nakamura, at the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Multi-Block Ice sculpture by Junichi Nakamura, at the World Ice Art Championships, held each March in Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting photos: World Ice Art Championship, Kiddy park statue, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

World Ice Art Championship, Kiddy park statue, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting photos: Zoom boom harvests large blocks of ice from a Fairbanks pond. Blocks, cut by chainsaws are used by sculptors in the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Zoom boom harvests large blocks of ice from a Fairbanks pond. Blocks, cut by chainsaws are used by sculptors in the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Large blocks of ice, cut and harvested from a pond will be used in the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Large blocks of ice, cut and harvested from a pond will be used in the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting chisels: Ice sculpting chisels used during the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska, (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ice sculpting chisels used during the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska, (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculptor chisels away at sculpture during the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska, (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ice sculptor chisels away at sculpture during the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska, (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting photos: Multi Block Ice sculpture at the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Multi Block Ice sculpture at the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting photos: Northern Exposure, Ice sculpture of Eskimo family carved during the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska, (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Northern Exposure, Ice sculpture of Eskimo family carved during the World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska, (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting photos: Award winning Ice sculpture, The Joust, World Ice Sculpting Competition, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Award winning Ice sculpture, The Joust, World Ice Sculpting Competition, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting photos: Good Omen, the title of this award winning Ice Sculpture lit by colored lights, Fairbanks, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Good Omen, the title of this award winning Ice Sculpture lit by colored lights, Fairbanks, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting photos: Ice sculptor Steve Brice adds whiskers to the face of a tiger in the 2004 World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ice sculptor Steve Brice adds whiskers to the face of a tiger in the 2004 World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Kiddie Park, 2004 World Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Kiddie Park, 2004 World Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting photos: 2005 Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

2005 Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpting photos: Aiming Eyes, by Junichi Nakamura, Peter Slavin. 2007 World Ice Art Championships, Single block sculpture, first place, realistic (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aiming Eyes, by Junichi Nakamura, Peter Slavin. 2007 World Ice Art Championships, Single block sculpture, first place, realistic (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


2005 Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

2005 Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculpture, World Ice Sculpting Competition, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ice sculpture, World Ice Sculpting Competition, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ice sculptor Junichi Nakamura, Japan, World Ice Sculpting Competition, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ice sculptor Junichi Nakamura, Japan, World Ice Sculpting Competition, Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Native Alaska ice sculptor, Brenna Outwater, chisels away inside a long ice tube, created by joining multiple blocks of ice. The Sculpture, titled "Soul Catcher", designed by Native artist Kathleen Carlo, won first place in the abstract category multi block competition at The 1996 World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Native Alaska ice sculptor, Brenna Outwater, chisels away while sitting inside a long ice tube, created by joining multiple blocks of ice. The Sculpture, titled “Soul Catcher”, designed by Native artist Kathleen Carlo, won first place in the abstract category multi-block competition at The 1996 World Ice Art Championships held each march in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

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